We had a long journey.... love travelling with small boys (no really!) they get so excited about crossing over a very big bridge!!and after a hideous overnight stay in a hotel in Dover (nothing wrong with the hotel that air con couldn't fix...but small boys didn't want to sleep as we were in the same room !!)....we got on a big boat.....
And sailed to France.manky looking Boulogne taken from the boat
We have just returned from a week in Normandy .
It was very lovely. The weather got MUCH better!!!!
We stayed here. And it was lovlier than the pictures on the website. A really pretty old stone cottage, with lots of low beams (my 6ft2 husband didn't find the beams as lovely as I did!!!). It was a comfortable home from home, with lovely touches from the owner (who lives next door), like a welcome basket of goodies for our arrival including chilled wine!! The baby had been well catered for too, a cosy cot and a baby bath (showers only in the accomodation) with baby toiletries. And I really appreciated the lovely toybox left in the lounge for the boys, as did the small boys!!(its the little things that make a stay I think!!)
The cottage was in the middle of nowhere, but easily accessible - the silence was heavenly. Its not especially noisy where I live but I couldn't sleep the first night home because of the traffic noise!!
The owners have 2 boys of their own and aswell as the pool, they have put a big trampoline and undercover table tennis for the properties to use.
We did have a lovely break but it was a stressful week to be honest, purely because of the ages of my boys - 14, 11, 4 and 20 months - its a bit too varied to successfully have days out etc that suit everyone!!
We holidayed with my parents too, for the 4th year running, and considering other people adds to the stress a teeny bit!! Although mums presence was appreciated on Friday when lovely husband and I got 2 hours to ourselves to lunch in a nearby town :)
We did manage some days out, including the d-day landing beaches, which deserve a post all of their own, and a couple of trips to a lovely park with a lake and a great walk, but we have made the decision not to take a full week holiday next year, so all being well we will do Legoland as a full 6 for the weekend, then we will take the boys away seperately, a long weekend with big boys doing big boys things, same for the little boys and if we are really lucky, another for mummy and daddy with no boys at all!!!
(taken from Domfront Castle)
Thank you all for the lovely comments on the posts I scheduled whilst away. I plan to work this week on getting my blogshop sorted aswell as finishing my sleepover swap :)